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The Village Challenge!

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COOPERx223x avatar COOPERx223x
Level 38 : Artisan Mountaineer
Hey there PMC, Cooper here with a cool Survival Challenge!

I stumbled upon this idea, tried it myself, and had a blast. Although it was created a while back (August 2012), it still works. A link to the original post is included in the Additional Credits.
This challenge has 11 "Stages" and one "Optional Stage", each stage containing its own Requirements and Restrictions.
So, without further ado, I bring you;

The Village Challenge

Gamemode Objectives:
- Construct a village.
- Maintain a renewable Testificate population (at least two, who are able to breed).
- Thrive.

- The group is to receive a total of eight netherrack blocks, thirty-two cobblestone slabs and two flint and steel. These are used to create campfires and only campfires.
- The group is to receive eight apples per player, three pieces of bread per player, four cooked pork per player and a fishing rod per player.
- Each player is to receive twelve emerald 'coins' for trade with the Testificates.
- Torches cannot be placed outside.
- The group is to receive six Testificate Eggs.
- The Testificate Population requirement will increase. More huts than mentioned will be required.

Global Rules:
- Surface stone "skimming" is allowed at game start. Stone must be in direct line of sight with sky, only a single layer may be mined.
- Furnaces cannot be built or used until Stage Five.
- Stone cannot be used for anything other than tools until Stage Three.
- Cannot create plant farms (wheat, sugarcane, etc) until Stage Four.
- Cannot cage herd animals (Cows, chickens, pigs) until Stage Four - Hunting only.
- Each furnace must have a hollow, stone chimney - In effect all game.

Fertile Land Suggestions:
Plenty of trees, or at least a near by forest/jungle. An immediate fresh water source is all but required - ocean does not count. Large, flat and open grassland will be your best bet, with minimum pit holes and caves.

Stage One; Discovery "As we are, the explorers and settlers of the unknown."
Stage Requirements:
- Find fertile land for your clan to begin a new life.

- Unable to mine.
- Above-ground resources only (wood, dirt, sand/sandstone, etc).
- Small, temporary shelters only until a village location has been finalized.
- Beds cannot be used - you must either travel or hide, while at night.
- Torches cannot be placed outside.


Stage Two; A New Life "May huts to rest our weary heads be risen from the ground."
Stage Requirements:
- Construct one hut for every player.
- Construct a further two huts for every player hut.
- Spawn all available Testificates.
- Have a Testificate Population of six.

- Unable to mine.
- Above-ground resources only.
- Beds can be used from now on in all Stages.
- Torches cannot be placed outside.
- Each hut must be double-doored.


Stage Three; Resources and health "We will tame the earth, and all must have fresh water to live."
Stage Requirements:
- Construct a stone mine.
- Construct an aqueduct leading from a water source above the village, to a well or pool located somewhere within the village. *OR* Find a near-by source of fresh water, and mark it with a campfire.
- Testificate Population of eight.
- Construct paths leading to every building in the village.
- [HINT] You will use this supply of water for the next stage.

- Stone mine depth is restricted to no more than five layers beneanth the same layer as the village.
- Stone mine must have wooden supports built inside every ten paces(blocks).
- The aqueduct must be constructed of stone.
- Torches cannot be placed outside.
- Path must be at least two blocks wide and made out of gravel or stone.


Stage Four; An Agrarian People "Better is bread and a healthy heart, than wealth with vexation."
Stage Requirements:
- Plant a wheat farm - must contain at least twenty plants of wheat.
- Construct a paddock and fill it at least six of one type of herd animal (Pig, Chicken, Cow)
- Construct a granary to store all food supplies.
- Have at least one single chest half full of food.
- Testificate Population of ten.

- Stone mine depth restriction still in place.
- Torches may only be placed either inside, or on the village wall.
- The granary must have at least two silos connected of at least ten blocks in height, that are to be filled with sand blocks (for effect).


Stage Five; Right to Rule "As for our Lord, who sat upon a throne fit for kings."
Stage Requirements:
- Construct a town hall/chieftain's hut/etc (a large, primary government building.)
- Build four more huts.
- Testificate Population of twelve.

- Stone mine depth restriction still in place.
- Government building must be at least three times the size of the standard hut - must be single storey.
- Torches cannot be placed outside.


Stage Six; Advancement "Let the people learn to read and write. Let our blacksmiths learn to master metal."
Stage Requirements:
- Construct a blacksmith.
- Construct a public library.
- Find a vein of iron while mining - quantity does not matter.
- Testificate Population of fifteen.

- Blacksmith must contain at least two furnaces.
- [Blacksmith] Each furnace must have a stone chimney (global rule:in effect all game).
- Public library must contain at least six bookshelves.
- Stone mine depth limit increased to a maximum depth of layer 54. (use F3 control to check this)
- Torches cannot be placed outside.


Stage Seven; Entrenchment "Our homes shall be set in stone and a great wall is to be built, to keep the forces of evil at bay."
Stage Requirements:
- Reinforce at least half of the current number of huts with stone walls.
- Build either a wooden, or stone wall around the village - a gate is optional.
- [OPTIONAL] Torches may be placed on the wall, but still limited to inside otherwise.

- Stone mine depth restriction still in place.
- Wall must be at least two blocks high and cannot be jumpable by mobs. (excluding spiders)
- Torches may only be placed either inside, or on the village wall.


Stage Eight; Gods and Kings. "Join us in prayer, brother."
Stage Requirements:
- Construct a shrine or monument to your God, Crukins.
- Shrine must have a rare metal centre-piece. (Iron, Gold, Lapis, etc)
- Testificate Population of twenty.

- Shrine must be made out of smooth stone.
- Shrine must not be anymore than six blocks square in width.
- Stone mine depth restriction still in place.
- Torches may only be placed either inside, or on the village wall.

*** Congratulations! Your humble village has become a town!***

--Optional Stage--: An Equestrian Edifice. "Man the mortal, master of horses..."
Stage Requirements:
-Find and tame at least one wild Horse, Donkey, or Mule.
-Place a saddle on at least one Horse, Donkey or Mule.
-Construct a horse stable.

-The stable must have at least two stalls.
-The stable must have a fenced-in Paddock nearby, separate from the one created for domesticated animals.
-Each stall containing a horse must have one Hay Bale placed inside.

Stage Nine: Nobility. "For the self-important snob, luxury is everything."
Stage Requirements:
- Construct one Manor for every ten Testificates.
- Construct a Manor for every player.
- Construct a resting garden.

- Each Manor must contain at least four different rooms.
- Each Manor must be two story.
- Each Manor must have a balcony.
- Each Manor must have at least two separate entry/exit points.
- Each Manor entry/exit point must be double-doored.
- Resting garden is to be a sight of beauty, not where you grow your carrots.
- Resting garden must have seats.
- Resting garden must have a pond with a small waterfall.
- Resting garden must have clear borders, but not fully walled off.
- Resting garden must have jungle trees, vines and shrubs (leaves).
- Stone mine depth restriction REMOVED.
- Torches restriction REMOVED.


Stage Ten: Town Guard. "This night the dead will walk among the living, and we shall be prepared."
Stage Requirements:
- Construct a town guard barracks somewhere inside of town.
- Construct an army camp on the outskirts of town.
- Construct an Iron Golem at the town barracks, if there isn't already some walking around.

- Barracks must contain at least four rooms.
- Two rooms of the barracks must contain at least six beds each.
- One room of the barracks must contain chests with both weapons and armour stored.
- Army camp must cover a large area.
- Army camp must have target practice for archers.
- Army camp must have small, one-door huts with two beds each.


Stage Eleven: Divinity. ".. and on this day, our Lords shall smile upon us and our grand achievement."
Stage Requirements:
- Construct a grand temple.

- Temple must be of a large size.
- Temple must have a large hall.
- Temple must have a lifted, center platform that is at least six square blocks wide.
- Temple roof must always be at least ten blocks away from the floor - including the platform.
- Temple must have golden blocks used in the decoration.

1 Update Logs

Update #1 : by COOPERx223x 07/27/2013 2:13:59 amJul 27th, 2013

-Fixed the Cover image.
-Added an Optional Stage to include the new Horse mob.

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01/06/2020 10:07 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
sasa_the_assassin avatar
Can I make an updated version for 1.14
06/18/2020 5:35 am
Level 38 : Artisan Mountaineer
COOPERx223x avatar
Hey there Sasa!

By all means, please update this as much as you see fit! I haven't kept up with Minecraft over the years, and so I know that there's plenty of things added to the game that could bring this back to life. I'd love to see it when you're done!
04/25/2015 10:29 am
Level 2 : Apprentice Miner
TheDiamondGpsboy avatar
This if fun i am making a series of it on stage 2! and i forgot about the furnaces have to built at stage 5 build it at stage 2 -_-
05/27/2014 5:50 am
Level 23 : Expert Network
Seivelath avatar
Is it ok if I make a new renedition of this?
05/28/2014 4:01 am
Level 38 : Artisan Mountaineer
COOPERx223x avatar
If you'd like, go ahead! I didn't even come up with this, I found it on an old and dead forum and thought it might get some more use here.

I'd still like to continue updating it myself, but the reality is that I haven't been playin Minecraft much at all lately, so I don't know what else to add. So yeah, go ahead, I'm glad that you're the one that can take it over!
05/28/2014 4:41 am
Level 23 : Expert Network
Seivelath avatar
Thanks. Also, server, now :3
08/21/2013 8:11 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Geek
Mooknkoyo avatar
Doing this challenge! I'm going to turn cheats on for command blocks so I can welcome you in Cooper. :) (Plus I don't usually have Spawn Eggs, so I might use eggs for that, sorry. :()
08/12/2013 8:35 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Princess
CliffJumper avatar
Hey this is a really good idea! Trying it right now :3
Le diamondz for you! :D
07/31/2013 9:48 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Lego Builder
CGBrothers avatar
Once I create and stabilize my server, I'll talk to my friends and see if this is possible to create into a server... would be a nice RP.
07/31/2013 3:48 pm
Level 42 : Master Nerd
iRorri avatar
I just read everything, I think it needs more rules and challenges, like build a castle, build a port, a ship, and more :D
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